Matt Le Tissier explains how Southampton can beat Liverpool in EFL Cup
The Southampton legend warns the Saints that they can't afford to sit back on soak up pressure at Anfield
Matt Le Tissier has warned Southampton that scoring the first goal will be crucial to their chances of beating Liverpool in the second leg of their EFL Cup semi-final.
The Saints hold a narrow 1-0 aggregate lead in the last-four clash after Nathan Redmond scored a first-half winner at St Mary’s earlier this month to edge the south coast a step closer to Wembley.
However, Southampton failed to make their dominance on the night count as Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius made a number of good saves to deny the home side a bigger margin of victory.
Liverpool have struggled to build momentum since their 1-0 loss at St Mary’s and Jurgen Klopp’s side have only managed to win one goal in 2017 so far.
Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the second leg of the League Cup semi-final, Southampton legend Le Tissier explained what his former club must do to beat Liverpool.
“It was strange coming away from winning a game a little disappointed, because it could have easily been three or four-nil and the tie would have almost been put to bed.
“Most teams going to Liverpool will have to do some defending, but I think what could really tip the tie is if we score up at Anfield. If we got the first goal, it makes it very difficult for Liverpool to come back and win, given that our defensive record has been pretty good this season on the whole.
“For us to sit back and defend for 90 minutes would make it very difficult for us, I think we have to try and get the first goal.
“I’m sure Liverpool will be favourites, given the way they performed in the first leg I’d say Jurgen Klopp was pretty pleased to come away from St Mary’s with a 1-0 deficit.
“They’ll fancy their chances quite strongly, and rightly so, they’re a very good football team with home advantage so they’ll be very confident of that.”